Tottenham Hotspur target £15m German defender

Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be interested in signing World Cup winner Matthias Ginter, who could be available for just £15million.

Despite falling short in the race for the Premier League title last season, it is clear that Mauricio Pochettino has the most talented squad Spurs have possessed for some time. This includes the meanest defence in the division, conceding just 26 goals, but there is some uncertainty over the futures of Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and, less of a concern, Kevin Wimmer.

Walker, who lost his place to Kieran Trippier towards the end of last season, is a target for Manchester City, but they may have to find as much as £40million for the right fullback. Rose is regarded as perhaps the best left fullback in the country, but the former Leeds United youngster has been linked with a return north where City, again, are said to be keen, along with neighbours United.

Austrian international Wimmer has struggled to force his way into the first team since his £4.3million arrival from Koln in the summer of 2015, which is not surprising considering the formidable partnership Toby Alderweireld has formed with Jan Vertonghen. He has, though, proved to be an able deputy, but Spurs may reluctantly let him leave should a suitable offer be received.

According to The Independent, Pochettino has already given the possibility of losing some key defensive personnel some thought, and has turned his attention to Ginter. The 23-year-old, who was part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad of 2014 although he never played a match, is a regular for Borussia Dortmund but is reportedly considering if his future may lie elsewhere.

Usually a central defender, Ginter can also play at right fullback as well as in a defensive midfield role, another position which could prove problematic for Pochettino if Jose Mourinho firms up his interest in Eric Dier. Should newly-appointed Dortmund coach Peter Bosz fail to persuade the Freiburg-born player to stay, he could be available for a bargain fee of just £15million.

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